Archive for Thursday, June 5, 2008

Extra effort needed for downtown businesses

June 5, 2008

It's somewhat ironic that the same week the Eudora City Council adopted a disaster mitigation plan, the Eudora Chamber of Commerce was working on the final details of its Summer in the Park. The chamber initiative could be seen as a mitigation of the downtown streetscape upgrade that will take place this summer.

It's not that the downtown project will be a disaster, but the two blocks of Main Street will not be traffic friendly during the construction. Business owners in the district may rightfully look forward to an inviting new atmosphere the district will have post-construction, but such pleasing thoughts won't put money in the cash register when the streets and sidewalks are being torn apart and reconstructed. That will take events such as that planned for Friday evening at CPA Park with its music, food vendors and community. Its organizers say they hope it will be the first of a

summer-long series of similar events.

But helping the retailers of the two blocks survive the reconstruction will also require extra effort from those who enjoy the two-world cuisine of Jasmin Restaurant, the art and community of Coffee Talk, the engaging atmosphere of Madam Hatters, Cutter's barbecue and the all hometown offerings of the district.

We would ask that all make an extra effort to frequent the downtown businesses during the construction period.

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